Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has won the 2018 African Player of the Year award second time in a row.
The 26-year-old beats Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Senegal’s Sadio Mane to the prize.
Salah has become the fourth player after El Hadji Diouf, Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure to win the award back to back.
The Liverpool forward, who scored two goals in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, helped Jurgen Klopp’s men end as runners-up in the UEFA Champions League, scoring 44 goals across all competitions in the process.
In his speech after he has received the award from President of Liberia and former World footballer of the year, Geroge Weah, Salah said “As a child l have always dreamt of a day like this and l am happy that it has come to pass.”
However, Super Falcons of Nigeria won the female national team of the year, after clinching the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations title in South Africa, and Morocco’s Herve Renard won the men’s coach of the year.
Mean while South Africa striker, Chrestinah Kgatlana won the Women player of the year award. The striker who scored six goals in the Women’s Nations Cup for THE Bayana Bayana dethroned Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala to claim the crown.